We arrive at The Olympic Course in San Francisco, California for the 112th Unites States Open. This is easily one of the week’s golfers and fans look forward to most in the year, and I can assure you it will be very exciting. The last time a tournament of this nature was held here was 11 years ago, meaning plenty research has to be done to predict a winner. That is exactly what I have been doing for the past month. Having watched every minute of golf for the past 4 weeks, and almost every minute for the past 6 years, I feel very confident in the 2012US Open. Let’s take a closer look at this challenging track known as The Olympic Club.
Players this week will have the difficult test of maneuvering around a 7170 yard Par 70 track that has no water or out of bounds. To go along with that you will only see one fairway bunker this week, it is on the 6th. This course is one that will challenge the players mentally with every shot as the fairways are extremely tight and the rough will be long. Bunkers surrounding the greens are located in the player’s sight lines and possess a great deal of difficulty. The most challenging part of this week though will be the greens and driving accuracy.
Last year US Open organizers were not prepared for the assault that Rory McIlroy put on the tournament. He won the championship in record fashion and organizers will not let the same thing happen this at the 112th edition. The main reason for Rory’s ability to go very low was how receptive the greens were. They were extremely soft from plenty of rainfall and organizers could not get them running as quickly as they would have liked. That will not be a problem this year in San Francisco.
The forecast is for extremely dry conditions and these greens will be running at crazy speeds. Only adding to the degree of difficulty will be the extreme undulation and deceptive breaks on the putting surface. Let’s take a closer look at two holes I feel will give the players the greatest test this week.
Hole 1 – 520 YARD PAR 4
This hole is far from a nice way to welcome a player to a course. In all previous tournaments the 1st has been played as a par 5, but this year it will be a daunting Par 4. Off the tee players will have to shape the ball from left to right, a shot that is made more difficult due to the 29 yard fairway. Extremely thick brush lines the entire left side of the hold and can also be found if a player fly’s the green by too much on his approach. Trees also line the right hand side though they are sparsely planted compared to the left. The green is guarded by two bunkers to the front and a run off to the back right side. 4 will be an excellent score this week here.
Hole 3 – 247 YARD PAR 3
The most challenging part of the 3rd hole this week will be understanding the wind. The tee box is extremely elevated and players will have a very difficult time gauging both the direction and force of the breeze. The green slopes from front to back, making it extra difficult to hit this small target. Look for plenty of shots to end up in one of the four bunkers that guard this putting surface. With the greens expected to be very hard and quick, expect a few very odd scores on number 3.
Expert US Open Picks
This week I will give one sneak-peak pick out, and the rest will be sent out via email to members like always. If you want to become a member please visit www.GolfBanker.com to sign up!
NICOLAS COLSAERTS 200 TO 1 – We have another European longshot with this selection but a guy that has been on my radar for a few months for the major championships this season. I try and watch plenty of European golf leading up majors to gain a better feeling on how everyone is play. Nicolas is playing just tremendously as of late. Over his last 6 events Nicolas has posted results of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 7th on the European Tour. This season Nicolas has posted 7 Top 9’s in just 12 starts.
As many of you will not know the way Nicolas plays the game I will give you a quick overview. He hits the ball an absolute mile, average just over 317 yards a drive. He hits plenty of Greens in Regulation as he has the ability to attack pins with a higher ball flight than most players. This week his scores will greatly depend on how he putts the ball. He is known as an average putter but extremely streaky.
Based upon his current form I am predicting that his flat stick will be in good form and hot this week. Nicolas loves to compete, and though he will be hiding the drive in his eyes behind sunglasses this week, it is definitely there.